A financial establishment of indoor smoking room


 

Department of Health, Labor and Welfare proposed the idea to provide
a separate room for smokers, or the space in reducing the concentration of tobacco-smoke,
and announced to assist a financial establishment of indoor smoking room.
2011-2013


Japanese Government will examine the concentration of tobacco-smoke
in the indoor public space before giving an advice to the firm.

Department of Health, Labor and Welfare started to restrict smoking in restaurants and hotels to protect a person
who works in the smoking space. Asahi Shimbun reported to determine the acceptable minimum concentration of
tobacco-smoke found in public spaces, e.g. restaurants, bars, and a lobby and passage in a hotel. If it is above
the set concentration of cigarette-smoke, then, the government advice to the firm to take a total smoking ban or
to provide a separate room for smokers.


Comment 

The revision of the Industrial safety and Health Act in 2011 was released by the Department of Health, Labor
and Welfare on October 1, 2011. However, against our expectation, the concept is not a total smoking ban
in a workplace, but the ideato provide a smoking space apart from the area in the main working place. The
Health Ministry officer said to assist the cost in the construction of indoor room for smokers. This means that
a taxpayer must share the expenses for a space which is clearly harmful to the human health. Officer further described he will permit the working space, if the concentration of tobacco-smoke is under the 0.15mg/1 cubic meter. They completely ignored the fact that there is no safe level for the cigarette side-smoke.

The Health officer in the central and local government had no definite health philosophy to protect people
who live in the country, as far as the avoidance from smoking hazard. The academic society, the Japan
Society for Tobacco-Control supported the establishment of Kanagawa-Prefecture ordinance, in 2009.
This local law legally approved setting a separate smoking room inside. The new law justified the legal
concept of separating the public space into the non-smoking and smoking. The TV commercials by Japan Tobacco Inc. promoting an installation of the space for smokers are remaining in force. Sadly, Japan is now becoming an ideal country for a tobacco company.

October 1, 2011, by Junhaku Miyamoto, MD, PhD



Japanese Government now adopted that the public indoor space to be divided into the non-smoking and smoking.



(L) Government will give a financial support for setting up a smoking space.
(M) An inhalation of tobacco-smoke from others will be the trigger to cause a heart attack and lung cancer.
(R) Government requests all business operators to obligate to protect a worker,
should be free from the hazard derived from cigarette smoke.

(L) Health official announced to start a new system that supports a finance to provide a smoking indoor section
in restaurants/bars and Ryakan (hotel).
(R) A firm which can get a financial support to construct an indoor smoking room and/or ventilation system
should be the number of employee is under 100. The maximum assistant payment is 2,000,000 yen.
Source: NHK News October1, 2011.




Department of Health, Labor and Welfare announced to assist an establishment
of indoor smoking room
in restaurant and hotels, and will increase the financial
support rate from the present 25% to 50% of the whole construction fee in 2013.

Japan is a country which officially ratified the treaty by the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
However, Japanese Government always neglected this fact and rather supported making a smoking room
for smokers. It is very regrettable to hear that an announcement that the Government positively supports
the newly constructed smoking room inside of the restaurants and hotels.

Most of European countries, countries of North America and Oceania abolished, or assertively destroy a
smoking booth or room provided inside of a public space. The local government and Department Health
and Laborand Welfare of Japanese Government chose the total opposite way since 2009, when Kanagawa-
Prefecture ordinance approved a separate smoking booth in a food industry and hotel.

Unfortunately, many Japanese people thought that the separating space for smokers and non-smokers,
is a good way, and further, the Japan Society for Tobacco-Control supported the Kanagawa-Prefecture
ordinance, which legally approved a separate smoking room. These factors contributed to the awful
decision of the Government to increase a financial aid to constructing the definitely noxious smoking room.

May 15, 2013. The comment by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD


Department of Health, Labor and Welfare will grants to the applicants for a construction of indoor smoking room.
    ( The Government assists half of the total construction expenditure. The document 2014 is written in Japanese. )


AED ( automated external defibrillator ) is placed at the smoking booth on a restaurant-floor of a department store in Tokyo.
AED stands in a smoking room of the major airport in Hokkaido.



Kanagawa Anti-smoking Ordinance
条例 2008年12月、神奈川県受動喫煙防止条例で分煙設定

Kanagawa plan was expected to spark opposition from owners of restaurants and bars. However, Gov.Matsuzawa
made a complete about-face, and decided the fields of the total smoking ban are limited to schools, hospitals,
department stores, government buildings and some other public places. He indicated that the prefecture might
allow and promote creating the facilities to introduce smoking rooms apart from non-smoking section. The grand
mistake of the policy of Kanagawa Pref. is to abandon a total carpet smoking ban and to create a separate smoking
room for smokers. A further serious mistake Gov.Matsuzawa did is to authorize laborers to work in an enclosed
space with full of toxic smoke. This is definitely against the purpose of the indoor clean-air act: anti-smoking law.
He completely neglects the health of employees who work in a smoking space. Gov. Matsuzawa only considers
a health of the users of restaurants, bar, pachinko parlors and other public places.
This comment was written by Junhaku Miyamoto, MD., PhD, in April 2009.

 A tobacco company is trying to brainwash Japanese people.
Herald Tribune International Junhaku Miyamoto Newspaper
Herald Tribune InternationalJapan must move faster on anti-smoking laws.
新聞 Herald Tribune International (ヘラルドトリビューン紙掲載)
受動喫煙防止法の制定を急げ
It's your turn, Prime Minister Noda *
After he played a regime, he introduced the 25% financial assistance to make a smoking room in a building.
Of course, this is not the reason, but he finally resulted that he fell from power after 2013 election.

世界から大きく乖離した日本の受動喫煙対策


Russia enforced a total smoking ban in public indoor space in June 2014.
A new proposal about smoking regulation by the Health Ministry in January 2018
This is
the worst anti-smoking measure in the World , neglecting WHO and IOC agreements.



厚生労働省、分煙体制を支援、喫煙室設置に財政補助

厚生労働省は職場で働く人々の健康を守るため、喫煙室の設置費用を助成することを発表した。受動喫煙は心筋梗塞や
肺がんを起こす要因として知られている。厚生労働省は事業者に受動喫煙を防止することを義務として科す方針であるが、
さらに飲食店、旅館等で接客する人の受動喫煙を減らそうと、新たな助成制度を設けて支援することを決めた。対象は
従業員が100人以下の事業所などでタバコの煙が外に漏れない喫煙室の設置、タバコの煙の濃度を一定以下とした
換気装置を設置するため、200万円を上限に費用の4分の1を補助する。飲食店や旅館では営業に支障が出るとの理由で
対策が進んでいないが、従業員の健康を守るため対策を講じて欲しいと述べている。

コメント

職場での受動喫煙防止というが、その内容は昨年8月に公表されたものと、ほぼ同じである。いつたい厚生労働省は1年間
以上も何を行っていたのか怠慢も甚だしい。今世界で進行している喫煙規制の実情を何ら参考とすることなく、2003年以前
の混乱期の状態から一歩も踏み出していない。今回公表された労働安全衛生法は働くものの健康保護を目標としている
のではなく、たばこ会社の主張をそっくりそのまま取り入れた内容となっている。しかも喫煙室の整備に助成金を出すことは
健康に有害な部屋を作るために国民の税金を転用することを意味している。こうした公的助成措置は今後10年間、全面
禁煙制度移行をを非常に困難なものする。フィンランドでも、フランスでも助成措置をとらなかったために 円滑に全面禁煙
体制へ移行できた実績がある。

日本政府も批准している、タバコ有害煙からの保護を規定したタバコ規制枠組み条約では、2010年2月までに公共的室内
空間を全面禁煙とすることを定めている。あれは国際的な非難を避けるための単なるゼスチャーだったのか。日本は国際
社会の一員として認められるためには当然、これを遵守して自国民の健康を守る責務がある。受動喫煙には安全な
量はない。それには屋内全面禁煙規制しかないのだ。

「日本初」と自負している神奈川県受動喫煙防止条例では70%を占める小規模施設を適応外とし、分煙制度を取り入れ、
世界でも最も悪いと評価された条例のひとつである。これを見習った兵庫県受動喫煙防止条例が近く公布されようとしている。
こうしたあまりにも先進国と乖離した憂うべき現状を打破するには、国としての厳しい喫煙規制が求められる。しかし、
残念なことに小宮山厚生労働大臣および、検討委員からは、先進国の公衆衛生責任者か発せられる人を魅了なような
発言も全く、なにを恐れるのか、弱腰の姿勢が見え隠れする。

神奈川県受動喫煙防止条例審議中の2008年12月、当時の松沢知事が「分煙制度」の導入を提案したときに、日本禁煙学会が
反対する気配もなく、関連する禁煙団体を含め、最後まで熱狂的な支持を表明していた。そのことが、日本における
喫煙規制の後進性、曖昧さの原点であったことは間違いない。当時の学会は学術団体として政府、地方自治体を監視、
助言する役割を放棄しており、その体質は今でも大きく変わっていない。

2011年10月執筆  禁煙席ネット主宰  日本タバコフリー学会顧問 医学博士 宮本順伯


 分煙補助金は不人気、受動喫煙防止は出来ない!




イラストレーター:難波克行先生


失望: 2012年12月の総選挙で民主党は大敗した。何も公約を実行できなかったことに国民が反発した、
その結果だ。多くの人は自民党を支持したのではなく、消去法の結果、自民党が圧勝したのである。
「動く禁煙マーク」との別名のあったNHK出身の小宮山厚生労働大臣は「子育て支援」を政治活動の
中心に据え置いていたが、公共的屋内空間の全面禁煙制度の必要性については、ただの一回たり
ともマスコミの前で国民に訴えたこともなく、自民党政権と大差ない政策を踏襲しただけで、その議員
生活に終止符を打っている。無能としか言えない鳩山元首相、ネット上での呼びかけにも応じなかった
(多分、関心もなく、読む機会もなかったのであろう)野田前首相を含め、受動喫煙問題を解決する
見識を持つこともなく、民主党は千載一遇とも言える3年間を無為に消費してしまった。

2013年1月 医学博士 宮本順伯





厚生労働省は分煙制度を推進、喫煙室設置費用を助成
執筆 医学博士 宮本順伯
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The article was written in August 2011, and revised in May 2013 and October 2014,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D.,PhD.
Information on new Japanese Government policy was added in January 2017.



Health ministry urges smoking ban for restaurants, other indoor spaces.
2016




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